February 6, 2016

School’s PR director resigns

Debbie Hickman Special to The Gardner News  The Gardner News has learned that Leann Northway, director of community relations for USD 231, has tendered her resignation effective Sept. 27. Kristi McNerlin, director of communication for Blue Valley School District USD 229, has confirmed that Northway will be joining its communication team. Under the direction of Northway, Gardner Edgerton School District Continue Reading

District confirms resignations of two board members

It’s rumor no more. According to a district update from USD 231 interim Superintendent Christy Ziegler,  Shelta Collins and Tim Rayburn are resigning from the board of education. Collins submitted a resignation letter to the district saying she is relocating out of state in September. Rayburn confirmed to Ziegler by word-of-mouth that he, too, will Continue Reading

USD 231 may not respond to future inquiries

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com USD 231 may not devote time to respond to future inquiries from The Gardner News. That’s the word from Leann Northway, school communications director, in response to requests for comment about stories the newspaper is developing comparing the salary of USD 231 superintendent Bill Gilhaus with that of superintendents in other districts Continue Reading

USD 231 official says Local Option Budget to decrease

In response to a written request from The Gardner News regarding USD 231’s proposed budget, Leann Northway, communications director, issued the following response. The e-mail response appears below: The special assessment levy is not a new tax for USD 231 taxpayers.  During the 2011-12 school year the special assessment tax was .457 and provided funding Continue Reading

School finance director’s status uncertain

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Despite confirmation last month that Eric Hansen, USD 231 finance and business director, is no longer with the district, members of the board of education apparently have yet to approve of his termination or resignation at a board meeting. As of May 1, school officials would no longer confirm Hansen’s status with Continue Reading

Finance director no longer with USD 231

Eric Hansen no longer works for USD 231. Hansen, who worked for the district for more than 15 years, served as USD 231’s finance and business director. Leann Northway, district communications director, said she could not comment as his departure is a personnel issue. However, she confirmed that Hansen is no longer with the Gardner Continue Reading